Share this with a friend!

While fighting the Tussock Fire south of Crown King, 49 personnel, including members of the Hotshot Crew, the division supervisor, and several others, found themselves in a shitty situation.

The Tussock Fire started on the afternoon of May eighth, approximately eight miles southwest of Crown King, Arizona. There were a total of 226 personnel, including a type 1 hotshot crew assigned to the fire. Among them, 49 personal started feeling extremely ill.

According to an incident report filed in the Incident Review Database by Stu Rodeffer on behalf of the Southwest Incident Management Team 2, several personnel contracted an unknown virus and “experienced bouts of vomiting and explosive diarrhea.” Ten hours after the first incident was reported, an additional 22 people came forward with symptoms.

The sudden spike in unwanted bowel movements and vomit sent authorities in a scramble to contain the combustible backflow, including state and county health officials. Crew members were quarantined and given intravenous fluids to stay hydrated. New food was brought into the camp, and social distancing was enforced.

On Friday, May 22, county officials confirmed it was Norovirus, a highly contagious viral infection. By that time, no more cases were reported, and everything seemed solid. Coincidentally, crews were finally able to extinguish the fire.

According to the CDC, Norovirus is responsible for about 50% of foodborne illnesses. Common symptoms include diarrhea, nausea, stomach cramps, and in extreme cases, dehydration and death. The typical recovery time is 1-3 days.

The Tussock Fire burned 5,546 acres and attained 100% containment on May 24, 2021. The fire is believed to be human-caused and is still under investigation. It’s unclear if the “explosive diarrhea” contributed to the blaze. When contacted, authorities declined to comment.

Share this with a friend!

We previously wrote about the Arizona Trail management plan in the works through various national forests in Arizona. It’s an attempt to designate a one-mile-wide easement along the length of the trail and create an “all lands approach” to its future management.

The management plan introduces a one-mile-wide easement along the length of the trail to preserve the scenic quality. It also calls for road closures, plans of operation for any existing mineral operations, prohibition on fire management techniques, and prioritizes the acquisition of patented private properties. And the scariest of all, the National Trail System Act allows the federal government to impose eminent domain on private landowners who do not comply with the management of a National Scenic Trail.

This management plan will also include any connecting non-motorized trails that meet the qualities of the Arizona Scenic Trail. These non-motorized Trails will also have a one-mile-wide easement and be under the same strict regulation.

These regulations are the likes of a Wilderness Area and should be strictly opposed by all members of the off-road community, miners, ranchers, and private landowners. It imposes undue burdens on Rural communities, Recreation, and industries that are vital to rural Arizona.

Among its various provisions is the prohibition of the inheritance of grazing rights within the easement. 

Our local ranchers have grazed this land for over 100 years and have passed their operation down over the course of 4 generations or more. But soon, local ranchers along the length of the trail can expect to face challenges when passing their operation down to the heirs of the family.

However, contrary to a wilderness area that allows grazing to continue but prevents the issuance of new grazing rights; This new policy will develop a roadblock that will effectively phase out ranching operations before the next generation can get a chance.

You can learn more about the Arizona Trail Management Plan here.

We highly encourage everyone to share this article with your local rancher or any private landowner you know that lives along the Arizona Trail. Everybody must understand what’s about to come through their backyard. Many may have no idea.

We stand with our local ranchers who work hard every day to put food on our plates because we understand the policies that prohibit our access also harm our local Ranchers. We recognize that prohibitions on motorized access are only one aspect of a systematic effort to remove all forms of industry and private ownership from public lands. Furthermore, we recognize that our access depends on these industries, and without our local ranchers, there would be no legal reason to keep these backroads open.

If you like what we do, please consider supporting us by signing up with an Expeditionist account. We have monthly, yearly, and lifetime memberships, and you can get started today for only $9 by using promo code AZBACKROADS. Your support will help us continue to bring awareness towards issues like this and bring them into the public view. If you can’t spare the change, thats completely fine. You can still sign up with a free account and share our content with a friend. Either way, it helps out a lot.

You can use the map below to see if you will be affected by this proposed action.

Share this with a friend!

In this episode of the Glen Beck Wednesday Night Special, Glen exposes what he calls the Meat Mafia’s tight strangle on American farmers in what appears to be a deliberate attempt to destroy American agriculture.

He discusses the four major meat packaging plants that dominate 80% of the industry and their commitment to achieving carbon neutrality.

Share this with a friend!

In this episode of the Glen Beck Wednesday Night Special, Glen breaks down the left-wing agenda to fundamentally change American energy production. He touches on subjects such as China’s dominance in solar panels and wind turbine Manufacturing fueled by slave labor.

He also discusses the adverse effects of green energy on the environment and Russian dominance in oil.

Share this with a friend!

Tonto National Forest transforms how motorized users access the Forest

The Tonto National Forest has released the Revised Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Tonto Travel Management Plan. This revision is based on previous comments collected from the public. After fifteen years of planning, The Final Record of Decision will come sometime within the next few weeks and finalize the Tonto National Forest Travel Management Plan decision.

Continue reading

Share this with a friend!

The Federal Highway Administration is seeking public comments on repairs to an eleven-mile section of state route 88 Apache Trail. The 11-mile section spans from Roosevelt Dam to Apache Lake Marina. These new improvements would pave this section of roadway, clear visual obstructions, and repair culverts damaged by flood.

Continue reading

Share this with a friend!

Posted in Map

Share this with a friend!

Continue reading

Share this with a friend!

If you’ve spent some time in the offroad community in Arizona, then you might have heard his name. If you haven’t, then you should save his number. He is an honest, caring man who goes above and beyond to make sure everyone comes home safely. He has rescued hundreds and possibly thousands of 4×4 enthusiasts across this state. He is that guy who gets it done when others say it’s impossible. He not only cares about your safety, but he also cares about your vehicle. Continue reading